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Smoothing-Iron.

Description: Patent for a redesigned smoothing iron. This includes the design of a hollow transparent body with heating elements. The elements are made of replaceable lights which heat the body as well as lighting up so that the unit may be used in a dimly lit room.
Date: November 28, 1911
Creator: Thomas, Theodore G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Harris County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Harris County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:266,666] (4000 varas to 1/2 an inch).
Date: 1910
Creator: Pressler, Herman & Ehlinger, Leo
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Petition to the State Legislature

Description: Petition by citizens of Harris County to the State Legislature, asking to legalize barbed wire. A logo at the top of the page says, "Glidden's Patent, Steel Barb Fence Wire, Galvanized or Japanned." There is a description of the proposal followed by a list of handwritten signatures. Handwriting on the back of the page says, "Harris Co., Feb. 14/79" with additional notes.
Date: unknown
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum

Resilient Wheel.

Description: Patent for "certain new and useful Improvements in Resilient Wheels" (lines 5-6) including specifications and illustrations.
Date: May 25, 1915
Creator: Martin F. Kettler
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Patricia Gonzales, July 29, 2016

Description: Patricia "Pat" Gonzales was born in 1967 in Houston in the Gulfgate area. She moved to the toxic Manchester neighborhood, a predominately Latina/o area of town next to the oil refineries, after she graduated from high school. Gonzales became active in the environmental justice movement due to the health issues she acquired while living next to the refineries. She later worked for the Texas Organizing Project to address the lack of infrastructure in the Northern Pasadena area. Gonzales discusses the risk of explosions in Pasadena, attending EPA conferences and addressing environmental racism, how the Anglo power structure functions in Pasadena, and how both African Americans and Latinas/os are neglected. She also talks about the recent voting rights violations in Pasadena and how the city capitulates to the interests of the oil industry.
Date: July 29, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Gonzales, Patricia
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

[Postcard of Administration and Chemistry Building at Rice Institute]

Description: Postcard of two buildings, brick with white accents and marble arches, across a well trimmed courtyard. The top edge of the postcard sets the scene as, "Administration Building and Chemistry Building, Rice Institute, Houston, Texas." The back of the postcard adds, "Administration Building, Rice Institute Houston has in Rice Institute one of the largest privately endowed colleges in the country. The original endowment of nine million dollars by the late Wm. Marsh Rice, has grown to $14,500,000."
Date: unknown
Creator: Bailey, Bob
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Main Street in Houston]

Description: Postcard of a large street with six lanes of traffic, cars scattered across it. Many buildings of different heights, from three story to sky-scraper, line the edges of the road. "Hello from Houston" is written in red on the sky portion of the postcard.
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of National Flower and Garden Show Exhibit at Houston]

Description: Postcard of well manicured flower gardens at the center of and surrounding a circular drive that leads to a white house with marble columns and two stories. The edge of the postcard reads "National Flower and Garden Show Exhibit at Houston, Texas." The back of the postcard adds, "Attracting more than 200,000 visitors in 1939, the National Flower and Garden Show for the first time in the history of the event will exhibit a second successive year at Houston's $2,000,000 Coliseum, March 3 through 10, 1940. More than $1,000,000 worth of blooms assembled from all parts of the world will be exhibited."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Houston Cotton Barge]

Description: Postcard of a wooden barge christened as "Houston," bearing bales of cotton on the Buffalo Bayou. The bottom edge describes the scene as "Loading Cotton Barge on Buffalo Bayou. Houston, Texas." The letter on the same edge reads, "Hello Mamie, Will be home Thurs. With Love Sia." The back of the postcard is addressed to "Miss Mamie McFaddin 1316 Calder Ave. Beaumont, Texas."
Date: September 11, 1906
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Lamar Hotel]

Description: Postcard of a 16 story building sitting on the corner of a block. A white car is parked at the sidewalk. The back of the postcard adds, "The beautiful Lamar Hotel - Houston's hotel of distinction in the heart of the downtown theater and shopping district. Lamar guests enjoy air conditioning, finest foods, radio - TV sets, garage service. Visit fabulous Houston, Texas soon."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Astrodome Interior]

Description: Postcard of a baseball field surrounded by full stadium bleachers. Players in white uniforms have taken positions on the field. The back of the postcard adds, "Astrodome Interior The first major league baseball game ever played under a roof was just 24 minutes old when this picture was taken. The giant scoreboard shows the time as 7:54. The opening game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees started promptly at 7:30 p.m. on April 9, 1965."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of a Sugar Cane Mill]

Description: The image in front of the postcard shows a forest in the background. In the middle ground there is a sugarcane mill. On the left side in the middle ground there are figures underneath a roof besides a chimney. In the middle there is a horse and two figures standing. On the left side, in the foreground, there is an older man sitting in a farm carriage pulled by two bulls. On the left lower corner is printed the following: "A Sugar Cane Mill." Underneath the printed text is handwritten the following: "Hello Marie, How are you. Sig went away last month, she went to Louisville. Mamie." The postcard is addressed to Miss Marie Bright in Houston, Texas. On the back of the postcard on the lower left side there is a paragraph that explains how a sugar cane mill functions. On the left side is printed the following: "Art Publishers To Their Majesties The King And Queen."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Postcard of Main Lobby of Lamar Hotel]

Description: Postcard of the main lobby where the carpet and walls are blue, marble supports the ceiling. Two men and a woman sit in the lobby. An exterior shot of the hotel is included. The bottom edge reads "The Lamar" in red ink. The back of the postcard adds, "The Beautiful New Lamar Hotel Main at Lamar Houston's Hotel of Distinction in the Heart of the Downtown Theater and Shopping District. Lamar Guests enjoy Air Conditioning, Finest Foods, TV sets, Free Parking. Visit Fabulous Houston Texas Soon For Reservations Phone 224-8511."
Date: unknown
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

Safety Device for Locomotives.

Description: Patent for a safety device for a locomotive that can be automatically tripped to shut off the steam from the locomotive engine and apply air to the brake mechanism. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: September 15, 1914
Creator: Conover, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department